Sarah Thomas to become first woman to officiate a Super Bowl

At the 2021 Super Bowl, three women will be making history: referee Sarah Thomas and Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coaches Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust
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The NFL has named the officials who will work Super Bowl LV on February 7. Included in the list is down judge Sarah Thomas, who is set to become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl.

Thomas is currently in her sixth season as an NFL official. During her career, she has accumulated a long lists of “firsts,” including:

  • In 2007, she became the first woman to officiate a major college football game
  • In 2015, she became the NFL’s first full-time female official
  • In 2019, she became the first woman to officiate a postseason game

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“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” Troy Vincent, Sr., the NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, said in today’s announcement. “Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor.”

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